Sherri Schlatter, RN, CDE
Sherri grew up just south of Fairbury, Illinois and loves being in the country to this day. As she puts it, "I love being part of a very rural community. I think 'community' has a special meaning for us and there's a bond that may not be found in larger places." She graduated from Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing in Peoria, Illinois and has worked at OSF Saint James for over 20 years. She is a registered nurse and has been a certified diabetes educator for over 10 years now. She is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and Central Illinois Diabetes Educators (CIDE).
Sherri was instrumental in helping OSF Saint James become a recognized diabetes self-management program site with the American Diabetes Association. She is thrilled to be affiliated with Joslin and have access to the most current diabetes management techniques available. After attending a recent orientation session at Joslin in Boston, she said, "This program was very motivating and I am so excited about learning new methods and techniques to help our patients with their diabetes. Having this link to Joslin and state-of-the-art treatment and education materials is a wonderful boost for the patients of OSF Saint James."
When she isn't serving the patients and families of OSF, Sherri loves spending time with her family; she has three daughters, who have wonderful husbands, and nine grandchildren. She is also an avid gardener and enjoys traveling; some of her trips have included Ethiopia and Alaska.
Vicky Applegate, RN, BSN, CDE
Vicky grew up in a small town in western Illinois. She moved to Pontiac, a town she enjoys for "the people and the feel of family," with her husband, Steve, and enjoys spending time with him and her two sons. She also enjoys baking, cooking, sewing, gardening, and crafts.
Vicky received her bachelor's in nursing from Iowa Wesleyan College and has been a certified diabetes educator since 1990. She is an active member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Central Illinois Diabetes Educators, of which she has served as secretary and president. She has worked for over 20 years as a nurse and on the committee for Camp Granada, the American Diabetes Association's downstate affiliate for children with diabetes.
In addition to her diabetes education role at OSF Saint James, Vicky also works in the Medical Surgical Unit, Emergency Department and the Intensive Care Unit. She is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and trauma nursing. She also is an adjunct instructor for Heartland Community College.
When asked why she enjoys working at OSF Saint James, Vicky says, "It is nice to be able to work and live in a community that cares and supports each other. I feel that OSF allows staff to interact and work as a team with the patient in the center to achieve wellness and provide optimal care to that patient and their family."
Gloria Duy, RD, LDN
Gloria Duy worked as an artist for many years and raised a family in the small town of Sandwich, Illinois. After being diagnosed with Celiac disease and having a daughter, who also required a gluten-free diet, Gloria’s interest in nutrition led her to pursue a degree in nutritional science at Northern Illinois University.
Gloria began her career as a registered dietitian here at OSF Saint James. "The OSF Mission spoke to me and working at OSF Saint James felt like the right move." Outside of work, Gloria enjoys sharing her knowledge of dietetics through newsletters and websites.
When asked what her favorite part of her job is, Gloria says, "I love that patients may come in confused and frightened, but we get to play a part in their transformation to empowered and healthy. When people leave my office smiling and laughing it really makes my day."
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